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    Foraging Fortnight returns to Moray for 2020 after strength of first festival

    Posted on 6 January 2020

    UPDATE: Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Foraging Fortnight has been postponed until September 2020. Further details will be available in due course.

    Following the success of 2019’s event, dates have been announced for the next Foraging Fortnight in Moray, with organisers planning a new and expanded programme for 2020. The LEADER-funded festival aims to encourage people of all ages to become more aware of the benefits of wild plants around us. This year’s programme will include guided foraging outings, talks, workshops and cookery demonstrations. Events will take place in five regions across Scotland: Moray, Lanarkshire, Forth Valley & Lomond, Fife and Orkney.

    Foraging Fortnight took place for the first time from 31st August to 15th September 2019 with 24 events taking place across Moray and 297 people taking part. Events ranged from a Forres Feast Pop-Up Shop; and a celebration of foraged food at The Royal Oak in Cullen; to guided foraging walks through Sanquhar Woods with local charity Wild Things! and coastal foraging walks from Cullen Harbour. Events catered for all ages and levels of mobility with events like a Family Foraging Walk at Wester Lawrenceton Farm near Forres and Wheels in the Wild for Wheelchair Users along the Moray Coastal Trail. There was a particular emphasis on foraging for wellness in the region with events including a tour and outdoor service at Kinloss Abbey, and several Walking for Wellness events at Quarrelwood at Elgin.

    Foraging Fortnight 2020 is likely to include an even greater range of events with the return of some popular events including those run by local ethnobotanist, Jennie Martin who combines her expertise in woodland and coastal activity, bush-craft and environmental education with a focus on wellbeing and reconnecting with nature. Dan Puplett will also be making a welcome return to the festival in 2020. He’ll be revealing how to identify and safely sample a range of wild edible plants and discussing the fascinating traditional uses and folklore behind them. Dan Puplett is one of the UK’s leading naturalist skills instructors and has been running popular wild food workshops for over 9 years, with an emphasis on safe, sustainable foraging.

    Chris Muir, Moray LEADER Development Officer said:

    “Getting outdoors to reconnect with nature and the seasons is proven to improve both mental wellbeing and physical health and foraging is a fun and accessible way of doing that. I’m delighted with the success of our first Foraging Fortnight. The programme in Moray really showed the widespread benefits of foraging - and of course was a way of showcasing the diverse and beautiful landscape of our region. I look forward to revealing the line up for 2020’s Foraging Fortnight in the spring and am sure it will capture the imagination of people across Moray and beyond.”

    The programme for Foraging Fortnight will be released in March 2020.

    Those looking to run an event as part of Foraging Fortnight 2020 should contact Event Manager Wendy Barrie on wendy@wendybarrie.co.uk.

    Foraging Fortnight events will encourage adherence to Scotland’s Outdoor Access Code and organisers have put together foraging guidelines to ensure that those taking part are doing so in a safe and responsible way.